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March 16, 2010

I am saddened over the loss of such a wonderful young man.  I know that his family was very proud of him and that he will be missed tremendously.  
To his wife Amanda, your future was shortened by this tragedy so your memories will be what helps you heal.
To Rosie his mother; I know that Jackie was your one true love in life.  I remember him sitting on my lap, "jumpin'".  He was only six months old the first time I saw that beautiful little boy.  I will always remember him as a toddler, creating havoc and being a real boy.  I am so glad that I got to see him last year, as a grown; married man!  What a blessing it was to have been able to spend time with him if only for a few hours.
The time we have together is never enough, no matter how old we are when we are called away.  We need to cherish every moment we have; and live each moment to the fullest.
My heart was touched by Jackie all those years ago, and my pain today over the loss of his life; so suddenly is real.   Take solace in the fact that he did not suffer and was taken quickly.
I love you and forever you will be etched in my heart!

Church Hill, TN

Jackie Pierce Messick, age 31, of Church Hill passed away Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at the Wellmont Holston Valley Hospital & Medical Center following a brief illness.

Jackie was a life long resident of Church Hill, and was employed by the City of Church Hill, and was a member of the Church Hill Fire Department.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Lyle & Gertrude Messick. His uncle, Chuck Pouchert.

Survivors include his wife of 9 months, Amanda Lange Messick of the home. His mother, Rose Marie Messick of Church Hill. Uncle, Rick Messick of Church Hill, Aunts, Judy Pouchert of Florida and Lori Messick Caudle of Kentucky. Cousins, Dustin Berry of Wisconsin, John Painter of Church Hill, Parker Caudle of Kentucky. Special nephew, Samuel Ray Hoover of Michigan, In-laws, John & Brenda Lange of Church Hill, and sister-in-laws, Lori Blasdel of Church Hill and Patricia Ann Hoover of Michigan.
Family has requested that two songs to be played following the visitation hours.
Members of the Church Hill Fire Department will serve as pallbearers.


Jackie P. Messick, Of Church Hill, Died Enexpectedly On March 16


Members of a firefighting class being taught by Greeneville firefighter Ryan Holt have voted to purchase a "memorial brick" in honor of a classmate who died March 16.

Holt, who also is chief of Greene County's Caney Branch Volunteer Fire Department, said Church Hill firefighter Jackie P. Messick, 31, had begun the basic firefighting class in January along with members of several other Hawkins County fire departments and the Baileyton-based United VFD.

However, Messick died unexpectedly on March 16 after undergoing surgery at a Kingsport hospital for a medical condition unrelated to his training class.

On Wednesday evening at the Hawkins County Rescue Squad in Rogersville, members of the class voted to purchase the memorial brick for installation at the Tennessee Fire Academy in honor of Messick.

David Schnepp, a member of the Bulls Gap VFD, said the memorial brick will be placed in a walkway that leads to the firefighters' memorial at the Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy in Bell Buckle, Tenn.

During a Wednesday evening class training session outside the Hawkins County Rescue Squad building in Rogersville, the members of the 64-hour class gathered for prayer in memory of their late classmate.

Following the brief ceremony, Church Hill Fire Chief David Wood recalled Messick, who was an employee of Church Hill's street department, as a "dedicated firefighter."

He noted that most employees of the Church Hill municipality serve as members of its fire department.

That, he said, helps to ensure that sufficient manpower is always on hand to respond to fire calls during regular business hours in the Church Hill area.

Messick, who had been a member of the Church Hill Fire Department for the last five years, was always among the first firefighters to respond when a fire alarm sounded, Chief Wood said.

Wood noted that the only fire call Messick missed occurred while he was on his honeymoon last year.

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